Don’t get me wrong I love to build stuff but I draw my limit on selling
clones, one thing is to sell a Cmoy amp the other is selling a RA-1 clone
and actually using the Grado name to do it.
I know that people need to make money but stealing a layout and making
profit from it is wrong.
Some of you will say that the RA-1 is expensive and has cheap ass parts, so
it’s ok to do it.
What this kind of BS thinking brings to the table is the fact you don’t
have to pay for R&D, workers, or actually do any work besides stealing a
layout, solder some parts and put them on a enclosure, that’s it.
One thing is to build something for fun or to give to a friend the other is
selling it knowing its based on the hard work of a company.
So don’t ask if I can make and sell you a RA-1 clone, go build one or buy
one from Grado.
Some say the RA-1 is overpriced, I think the price is fair because its made
by US workers, they put a lot of work on the amp believe or not, I’m sure
those enclosures are not cheap to make.
It’s so easy to claim something is overpriced looking at the parts but what
many people forget is that there is R&D time, searching for parts, testing
the amps, teaching the workers to make a new item, paying the workers,
insurances, taxes, etc.
A DIY lover doesn’t need to worry about those things, but she/he should not
make money from commercial layouts, that’s my opinion and if you sell
clones you should be ashamed.
I’m using Grado as an example but it applies to any other design cloned
from other company.
You should be happy companies don’t actually hunt down sites that share
their layouts, but that can change if they start losing money.